The council recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns and welcomes petitions from anyone who lives, works, or studies in Wiltshire or who uses the services provided by the council.
The council’s petitions scheme is set out in detail at Part 4A of the Constitution. If you have any queries regarding the scheme please contact email@example.com
All petitions sent or presented to the council will receive an acknowledgement from the council within 2 working days of receipt, and a substantive response of how the council will respond to the petition within 15 working days of receipt. This response will set out what the council plan to do with the petition: our response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it. The petition will also be published on our website
The council will treat something as a petition if it is identified as such, or if it seems that it is intended to be a petition.
If your issue relates to a highways issue in your community area it may be more appropriate to contact your local Community Area Transport Group by reporting your item through the Community Area Transport Group Issue Process.
Petitions in respect of non-determined planning or licensing applications will not be covered by the petitions scheme, and will be referred to the relevant service as formal representations. Petitions in respect of statutory petitions (such as requesting a referendum, or changing the council’s governance arrangements) or on matters with existing right of appeal such as council tax banding and non-domestic rates, are covered by other procedures.
You can see online/Epetitions that have already been started on our website here.
The full record of recent petitions, including paper petitions, is available here.
What are the Guidelines for Submitting a Petition?
In order to be received all petitions must:
What is expected of me if I have organised a petition?
If you have submitted a petition as its organiser you will be expected to be the point of contact with council officers. Your name, but no other details other than postcode, will be published.
If your petition is of sufficient size you will be asked to decide whether or not you wish to have the petition presented or debated, and for communicating as felt appropriate with any signatories.
You will also have the opportunity to address the council at committee meetings if your petition is of sufficient size.
You may nominate another person to undertake these actions if you wish.
Democratic Services will be available to provide advice and assistance on council procedures to any petition organiser.
How will the Council respond to Petitions?
The council’s response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it, but may include one or more of the following:
If more than one petition is received on a similar subject matter the petitions may be considered by the Council as a single matter and taken together.
A petition will not normally be considered where it is received within 6 months of another petition being considered by the authority on the same matter.
If a petition is received immediately before an election or referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently, in which case you will be contacted to discuss the course of action.